Costa Rica Creates Open Government Commission

21 March 2014

The president of Costa Rica March 18 signed a decree designed to strengthen transparency in the government.

The decree signed by President Laura Chinchilla Miranda establishes the Intersectoral Committee on Open Government with duties including to propose policies and guidelines on transparency issues. (See media report in Spanish.)

The commission also is charged with promoting, implementing and facilitating the implementation of open government in ministries and agencies. The president said the decree is one of the last things being done in a chain of programs and decisions that have been implemented since September of 2011 to make government decision-makingĀ  transparent.

The creation of digital platforms including Mer-Link, on government procurement, was cited as an accomplishment.

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